On the heels of the Senate passing the state insurance exchange bill 23-12 Thursday afternoon, the House has rescheduled a Monday public hearing for House Bill 179, the trailer bill introduced to give the exchange more legislative oversight.
Rep. Fred Wood, R-Burley and chairman of the House Health and Welfare Committee, said he was asked by leadership to hold off on hearing the bill, which was introduced by freshman legislator Rep. Luke Malek, R-Coeur d'Alene and supported by a coalition of 16 freshmen Republicans.
Wood said he didn't know why he was asked to reschedule the hearing, but said the bill isn't dead.
"I was just asked to hold it for a day or two," Wood said.
Speaker of the House Scott Bedke, R-Oakley, reiterated the bill isn't dead. Rather, the House wants to examine whether they should combine the two bills into one, or leave the trailer bill alone while looking at other potential additions to the exchange. That takes a balancing act of being respectful to the author of the original bill -- the governor -- while listening to the wishes of the his caucus, he said.